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Snow View Trekking (Chopta - Chandrashila Trek)

Region: Garhwal Himalayas
Base: Chopta
Duration: 6 Days
Altitude: 4090 mts./13415 ft

Deoriatal Lake has captivating surroundings with forest all around. The mighty Chaukhamba Peak & Neelkanth peaks are reflected in the pristine waters of this lake. Chandrasila Trek is one of the popular treks that can be undertaken round the year, in Garhwal Himalayas except during heavy snowing months of December & January. Chandrasila summit is a rock face above the temple of Tungnath, the highest of all the Chopta - Chandrashila Trekking temples in the Himalayas. It is a short but rigorous hike beyond the temple.

The Chandrasila summit affords the most beautiful view of the Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedar Peak and Chaukhamba peaks. Chopta is one of the most beautiful and picturesque spots in the whole Garhwal. The breathtaking view of the Himalayas is treating for the eyes as well as soul. Chopta is situated on the Gopeshwar - Ukhimath road at a distance of about 40 Kms. from Gopeshwar Chopta is 2900 mts high.

Special Itinerary for Snow Winter Trekking:

DAY 01: Delhi - Haridwar

Board Dehradun Nizamuddin AC Special train for Haridwar at 23:30 hrs from Nizamuddin railway station. Overnight journey.

DAY 02: Haridwar - Ukhimath (200kms/7-8 hrs)

Arrival at Haridwar by early in the morning at 04:00 hrs. Upon arrival at Haridwar transfer to Ukhimath via Rishikesh, Devprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi, from Devprayag the Holy river Ganges started), Rudraprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini River).Breakfast and lunch enroute. Arrival at Ukhimath by evening. Check into TRH. Dinner and overnight stay. Ukhimath (1370 mts/4500 ft) is on the other side of the Mandakini River Valley from Guptkashi a relatively short steep walk by foot, or a much longer way by road.

Ukhimath is the winter seat of Kedarnath, as well as the winter home of the priest who presides over his worship. After the Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, a movable image of Kedarnath is brought in procession to Ukhimath, where it resides until the Kedarnath temple reopens in late April or early May. The outer gateway to the temple complex is not only brightly painted and decorated, but two full stories tall (the wall also serves as the back wall of buildings inside).

The stones piled at lower left were for some sort of construction project, which was in full swing when I visited (since summer is the "slow" season ritually speaking, it made sense for the place to be torn up them. And the nearby buildings are clearly residential, since a young girl is visible at upper right.

Day 03: Ukhimath - Deoriatal (2438 mts/7998 ft)

In the morning you can see snow clapped Himalayan ranges. After breakfast start your trek to Deoriatal through dense forest of Rhodendron and lots of wild flowers and ferns. The trek will take 3- 4 hrs to reach Deoriatal. Upon arrival at Deoriatal set out the tents for overnight stay.

Chopta - Chandrashila Trekking Tour

Day 04: Deoriatal - Sari - Chopta

In the morning trek down to Sari village (3 kms) and from here drive to Chopta through dense forest and meadows. Its 30 kms drive from Sari Village. Upon arrival at Chopta set out your tents for overnight stay. In the evening explore the magnificent view of the Himalayas.

Day 05: Chopta -Tungnath (3680 ft/12070 ft)

Chandrasila (4090 mts/13415 ft) - Chopta After an early breakfast trek to Tungnath with packed lunch. Tungnath is situated at the height of 3680 mts from the sea level the highest in India. The trek is three kms upward. Enroute you will find lush green meadows and you can see the entire range of snow clapped Himalayas. Upon arrival at Tungnath Temple and visit the temple. After relax one further one kms trek to Chandrasila peak. Later trek back to Chopta for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 06: Chopta - Haridwar - Delhi

After an early breakfast drive to Haridwar. Breakfast & Lunch enroute. Upon arrival at Haridwar transfer to railway station to catch Dehradun Shatabdi express train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs. Trip and services ends here Rhodendhron and lots of wild flowers and ferns. The trek will take 3- 4 hrs to reach Deoriatal. Upon arrival at Deoriatal set out the tents for overnight stay.

WINTER TREKKING OPTION TWO ::

AULI TALI KUARIPASS PANGARCHULLA PEAK WINTER TREK CLIMB

Day 1- Joshimath to Gorsoan/Tali lake via Auli

Early morning, you will start trekking to the Gorson Bugyal/ Tali Lake, which is about 12kms from Auli. The trail passes through thick oak and rhododendron forests, and offers splendid views of the Himalayas.

Day 2 - Gorson/Tali Lake to Kuari Pass (3767 meters)

You will trek for 2-3 hours covering a distance of 7Kms to reach the open campsite of Kuari khal. While trekking, you will cross a thick birch- and oak-tree forest, and a narrow ridge which offers a beautiful view of the Khulara top.

Overnight camp at Khulara/Gilgarh

Day 3 Towards Pangarchula Summit (4585 meters)

We are at the climactic point of our Kuari pass trek, as snow glaciers and the Pangarchula summit (4,585) lies ahead of us. The summit offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire Himalayan range.

After crossing the Kuari pass, we will climb further to the Pangarchula summit.

Overnight camp at Khulara/Gilgarh

Day 4 Khulara Tapovan Joshimath

Today you will trek downhill for 6-7 hours to reach Tapovan. At the road head, a vehicle will be waiting to to drive you back to Joshimath/ Auli.

Trip ends.

LADAKH CHADAR FROZAN LAKE TREK ::---->>

Chadar Trek Frozan lake Zanskar ::  During the peak of the winter season especially in the months of January & February it is not possible to traverse the Higher Himalayan passes due to snowfall. Local inhabitants of the region, since ancient times have had to use an alternative route over the frozen surface of Zanskar River to carry back essential supplies from main towns. For them it was a need, a means of survival. The conditions in this region are still as remote and unyielding - Temperatures drop below -30 degrees centigrade at night & the solid ice can change rapidly due to Temperature fluctuation. The locals of the remote Zanskar regions pave there way to Leh City by traversing the frozen Zanskar River from their mountain stronghold to its confluence point at Nimu with the Indus River.

DAY 01  LEH / CHILLING
In the morning drive to Chilling, one of the most famous villages in Ladakh and known as a center of crafts, especially metalwork.  In the afternoon meet your trekking crew and prepare for the trek. Overnight in local home or tent.

DAY 02  CHILLING / TILAT SUMDO
After breakfast start trek to Tilat Sumdo (3180m) which is 5-6 hrs, along the frozen river. Overnight in cave.

DAY 03 LAT SUMDO / PALDAR SUMDO
After breakfast trek 6-7 hrs to Paldar Sumdo (3220m). Walk along the edges of the frozen river, through a narrow mountain gorge. Spectacular mountain scenery. Overnight in cave.

DAY 04 PALDAR SUMDO / NERAK PULLU
Trek 5-6 hrs through tremendous canyons, inaccessible in any other season, to Nerak (3300m). Mountain fox may be spotted in the hills. Overnight in cave.

DAY 05 NERAK PULLU / HANUMUR
A 5-6 hr trek to Hanumur (3380m), the first village, and most likely the first people, we have seen since leaving Chilling. Overnight in cave.

DAY 06 HANUMUR / PISHU
Today the trek takes us along the established path to larger village of Pishu (3470m). 5-6 hrs. Overnight in local home or tent. 

DAY 07 PISHU / KARSHA
After breakfast, trek about 5 hrs to Karsha (3600m). Arrive at Rinam village and then ascend gradually to Karsha village. Visit the 15th Century Karsha Gompa, the largest monastery in Zanskar region, perched on a hillside overlooking the entire valley. O/n in local home or tent.  

DAY 08  KARSHA/ PISHU
After breakfast trek to Pishu. Overnight in local home/tent.

DAY 09  PISHU / HANUMUR
Trek to Hanumur. Overnight in cave.

DAY 10 HANUMUR / NERAK PULLU
After breakfast trek to Nerak Pullu. Overnight in cave.

DAY 11 NERAK PULLU / PALDARS
Trek to Pladar Sumdo. Overnight in cave.

DAY 12  PALDAR SUMDO/ TILAT SUMDO
Trek from Paldar Sumdo to Tilat Sumdo. Overnight in cave.

DAY 13  TILAK SUMDO / CHILLING
Trek for the last day to Chilling village. Overnight in local home or tent.

DAY 14  CHILLING / LEH
We will bid farewell to our support crew and drive to Leh. Overnight in hotel.

Trip end up...

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